Mid-Century Modern Furniture by Lane

Vintage Style

Lane Furniture

Characterized by its sleek styling and quality construction, Lane Furniture has been an iconic American brand since 1912. Beloved by many a middle class family adorning their homes in the bustling post-war times, modern fans are seeing these pieces on the sets of shows like “Mad Men.” Beautifully designed with sturdy materials, a Lane piece can be the cherry on top of any collection. Learning more about this American classic will have you ready to drive off to the nearest vintage shop and peek around…


The History of Mid-Century Modern Furniture by Lane | In a Nut Shell

As with all good things, Lane Furniture started with a bit of imagination and investment. It all began when John Lane purchased a Virginia manufacturing plant. Their original product offering: boxes. Thankfully his son, 21 year old Ed Lane, took his dad’s encouragement seriously and began to design and build cedar chests. Neither one was sure it would be a success, so their initial products were manufactured under the name “Standard Red Cedar Chest Company.” The brand became a hit and as they say, the rest is history! Lane ventured into the realm of occasional tables in 1951. Growth came again in 1956 with the introduction of case goods & in 1965 accent pieces were created under the Lane name.


Vintage Style

Sample Lane Logo


Dating & Identifying Lane Furniture

  • Known by its impeccable craftsmanship, you will want to look for the following clues:
    • Dovetail joints
    • Rounded, eased corners
    • Metal details
    • Tapered legs
  • But in order to be authentic, your piece should be marked with the Lane logo. Look for it in drawer sides or on the underside of the piece (sometimes it will be in both locations)
    • Your logo may look like the above, or it may just contain the wording “LANE Altavista, Va.” (without the framing), or it may have a forest motif surrounded by a half circle above the word “LANE”
  • On the underside of the piece you should also find a serial number. This is very helpful as you can determine the production date by reading the serial number backwards.
    • For example, our end table has the serial number: 063270 so our table was made on 07/23/60
    • Without a serial number, Lane cannot determine a date of production
  • Your piece may also contain an extra digit – this tells you the plant location
  • Sometimes you may find an extra bit of information: the style number may be written near the serial number
    • For example, our table is considered style 2098

Taking Care of your Lane Furniture

Preventing sun damage

Try to keep your treasured pieces out of the sun as much as possible. However, a great back up plan is to apply wax to the wooden surfaces from time to time. You’ll want to make a good investment in the quality of wax you purchase and be sure to look for a kind that does not contain silicon.

How to repair cigarette burns

A common affliction of vintage furniture we’re afraid, but don’t let this turn you off from buying a great piece. If you find a table you’d like to invest in, determine the seriousness of the burn. If the burn is deep, you will need to consult a furniture repair shop for refinishing (and this means you’ll want to pay less to get it so you can account for this added expense). But if it’s just a light brown spot you can do it yourself by following these easy steps:

  • Scrape the burned finish with a single-edge razor blade (you can find these in your local hardware store in the paint prep aisle)
  • Remove any loose dirt or wood bits and clean with naptha (typically a lacquer thinner, but it is best to consult your local hardware paint department to make sure you buy the right thing)
  • After the surface is clean, you will want to smooth it. With a 500-grit sandpaper and sand wool, carefully smooth the surface. You should be able to easily glide your fingers across the wood.
  • If there is a small divet, you can use a rub-in stick to fill the area. Be sure to remove any excess (you can rub over the area with your finger until it blends in with your smoothed surface)
  • Next, spray with an aerosol can of clear lacquer.
  • Allow it to dry for 8 hours. You may need to finish it off with a paste wax.

Caring for your metal furniture components

Use a cleaning polish (liquid form is preferred). Recommended brands include Johnson’s Pledge or Guardsman. This polish will clean the metal, lend a nice sheen, and protect the metal from future scratches.

Removing watermarks

Regular waxing will help prevent future damage, but it only does so for a short time. If you have made a spill, time is of the essence – immediately wipe it up! If you have a watermark that has already affected the finish, be sure to do the following: use a 4/0 steel wool along with Johnson’s paste wax to gently rub out the stain; you will want to rub with the wood grain.

Properly use waxes and polishes

For the best results, do not spray directly from the can. Spray onto a soft cotton cloth and then use a flat wiping motion over the wooden surface. Always remember to allow time for the surface to dry completely. If you don’t, you will see “shadows” underneath the items you store on the tabletop. Once you find a wax polish you like, stick with it. Often times switching between wax or oil-based polishes can cause cloudiness or streaking.


Cause A Frockus would like to thank our tremendous resources: Wikipedia, the wonderful people who post their imagery on Wikipedia Commons without restriction, and Lane Furniture’s very helpful website: http://www.lanefurniture.com/aboutus/CompanyHistory.aspx.

For our readers:

Do you own a Lane vintage piece? What do you love about it? Tell us in the comments!


Replies for “Mid-Century Modern Furniture by Lane

  • Rosana

    I found a piece in my father’s garage. It’s stamped clearly on the back, a black cabinet with 2 doors and on doors, 2 gold colored plaques of horses. I can’t find anything like it online. The back also has another stamp with a number and “ning charcoal horse”? But not sure if it’s ning or king, I’ve tried both and still can’t find anything on it. Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    R

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    • Betty Jo Post author

      Hi Rosana and thanks for your comment – we’d love to help you figure out the origin of your piece. Please email us a picture of the marking(s) on the back to editor@causeafrockus.com and we’ll get our experts on it! Cheers and may the vintage be with you…

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  • Tom B

    I always wondered about my in-laws living room furniture. We’re closing up my mother in law’s apartment, and I’ve been doing some research on the furniture. I’ve discovered that they had Lane Acclaim series – the 900-93 cocktail table, and a 28 x 28 x 20 side table plus a two section couch. The side table matches the description of the 900-94 Commode Table (strange name!), but is marked only with ‘843’ on the bottom of the drawer. The couch is more difficult to identify – it’s upholstered, but has a curved wood topped arm on one end. So, is it worth it to try to sell the furniture – or is it time to call Goodwill?

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    • Betty Jo Post author

      Hi Tom,

      Thanks for the comment and for sending along pictures! We’ll put our experts on it and let you know what we discover!

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      • Trisha

        I have a Lane coffee table made in Altavista, Viginia. Serial no.4385230 Style no.1138 01. Can you give me any information on this item such as a date, type of wood & possible value. Thank you

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        • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

          Hi Trisha,
          Thanks for reaching out! Date on this is usually displayed by reading the serial number backward: 03/25/83 (the extra number sometimes indicates manufacturing location/plant). So this is from the early 1980s based on the marking. We can’t advise on wood type or value as we aren’t appraisers and can’t see the piece in person. If I were in your shoes I’d reach out to local vintage/antique shop owners and see if they can connect you with appraisers and furniture restoration resources. They can look at the piece in person to give you the most accurate value estimate (as well as suggest improvements to increase resale value). Cheers!

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  • Joelann Gawel

    I have a 5 piece dresser set. Stamped Lane Altavista, VA with a number 2 in a square. On the back of 2 mirrors are the logo and 315-10-R SER NUM 660506. The side table is a little faded but tthe SER NUM is 663170. The ‘tall boy’ and long dresser are too heavy for me to move myself but they both have hidden drawers by the ‘doors’ you open. I will send pictures to your email address. Thank you for your time and knowledge.

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    • Betty Jo Post author

      Hi Joelann,

      Thanks for your comments! We received your photos and are looking into it. Thanks so much for sending them along. We’ll be in touch shortly.

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  • john

    hi i have 2 bedside lockers with serial numbers of 3gg7290 also under this is 294 80 and under that is 24 can u help all the way from ireland

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  • Jennifer Church

    Just stumbled upon a unique Lane Cedar Chest and hoping you can help me determining more info on it. The stamp indicates it was manufactured 04-15-1970 at plant 2. The interesting detail is that the lid-ends- front and back have tuffeted leather padding. Are you familiar with this style? I am unable to find a picture or listing resembling this design. Thanks in advance- Jennifer

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Jennifer,
      Thank you for your note. I am not personally familiar with that style, but will gladly do some digging to see if we can get to the bottom of it! If you wouldn’t mind emailing me a photo of the chest to editor@causeafrockus.com I can start looking into it. Always love learning about new things!
      Cheers

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  • sheila

    I was given this five drawers dresser. It does have Lane Vitavista ,Virginia. On back it has 49 914-11 then it says s e r no r 567090. It is one of the only things I owen that is steady and built to last. Love to know more about it.

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  • Joe

    I recently purchased two dovetail tables. One coffee table , one end table with drawer. No Lane stamp, the dovetails are rounded. The end table is stamped 1225 Commode T342. Any idea of manufacturer, your help is greatly appreciated.

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  • Kathleen Cicchini

    Morning,
    I have a Lane cocktail table that I have been told is made of Ash. The top has a much heavier grain pattern than the base. From your description of how to read the markings it was made on 4/11/64 in Altavista. Is there some way to verify the types of wood used by Lane? Did they ever use more than one type of wood on the same piece? Lastly, does Lane have a site with all of their styles listed by the decade it was produced? I will send pics to editor@causeafrokus.com
    Many thanks.

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Kathleen,
      Thanks for your comment – great questions!

      We’ll start digging into it and will have a reply to you shortly. Unfortunately we have yet to find a “master list” of Lane styles with production dates – although, we are researching it now and will be making that list for ourselves (and our readers). As you can imagine, it’s proving to be a lengthy process, but it’s underway!

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  • Lisa

    I there! I just bought a lane cedar chest for an auction. It is stamped with the logo Lane altavista, Virginia. However, it does not have any numbers to date it. Can you help with that, if I send a picture?
    Thanks, Lisa

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      Thanks for your note. If you’d like to send along some pictures we can start looking into the series/collection it might belong to. However, Lane pieces typically have their serial number or style information stamped nearby the logo. If you’d like to send pics along: editor@causeafrockus.com
      Thanks!

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  • Victoria Grippi

    Hi my parents left me 2 lane end tables the serial no 263020 and style no 983-06. I’d like to find out what they are worth. Can you help me with this? Thank you. 3 pictures are included.

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Victoria,

      Thanks for reaching out! Sounds like you have a couple nice pieces. To let you know, I cannot provide an estimated value as I am not a furniture appraiser or reseller. For that, I would recommend researching the pieces online. Look for items that match your pieces in terms of condition and figure out a value you are comfortable with. The trick with reselling is that it’s a matter of what someone else would be willing to pay. In terms of insurance purposes, I would recommend going to an appraiser directly. Hope that helps…

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  • Erdogan

    I have a table serial number 1435 01 and serial no 2494030. I wonder what type of wood and how much it will worth seems little rough

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hello! Thanks for reaching out. Lane is known for using a variety of high quality woods and finishes. There isn’t a ton of information online about the various collections, but I have used this site before to help me identify wood types: http://www.wood-database.com/. Of course, having your piece assessed in person by a furniture expert or restoration artist is the best way to find this information out (pictures can be tough to use for exact analysis). Regarding the value, I’m not an appraiser or reseller – just a collector of information. 🙂 For resale purposes, your best bet is to research your serial numbers online. See what other people are asking and then make a judgment based on the condition of their pieces versus your own. In terms of insurance purposes, I would reach out to an appraiser directly for their help on this. Hope this helps – enjoy your pieces!

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  • Janice Cady

    We have just purchased two matching oak end tables with the Lane Logo (without the box) and the following: Style 1203 05; Model 2481211. Can you tell me about these?

    Thank you,
    Janice Cady

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  • Kathi Mullin

    i have a Cedar Chest – the logo on the inside says Lane Chests made in Canada by Kasshtels Limited Hanover Ontario. It also has patent info inside. Have been trying to find a serial number but cannot find one. Have looked on the bottom. I’d like to know if this is a real Lane before I sell it. Thanks

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Kathi,

      Thanks for the note – sounds like a fun find. The Lane information I’ve found has always shown items made in the USA. Lane may have had a working relationship with another company, but I would need to research this further. Please note that I cannot offer an appraisal on value and also without seeing it in person I cannot guarantee authenticity, however if you want to email pictures along (of the front and any relative marking information) I can research further. That way when you reach out to a local furniture appraiser you can have some more information on hand. Please email to editor@causeafrockus.com if you would like to…

      Cheers!

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  • chris

    We just found a lane sideboard, or perhaps it is called a credenza? It does have a serial number on the back…although if I read it backwards, like your example above, the month would be 13. Anyhow, it would be very neat to know if there are additional pieces or if it came from a set. It has 3 large, gold medallions on the front of the doors. Maybe we could send some pictures. If you have any leads you would share, we could follow up on them, and that would be amazing. This is a great article with awesome information. Thank you

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Candace,

      Thanks for the comment – in most of these cases we’re corresponding directly with the reader via email. They send photos or additional information to editor@causeafrockus.com and we continue the research offline. Did you have a particular response you were interested in?

      Cheers!

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  • Kimberley myers

    I just got my cedar chest and I would like to find out more about it it has all the correct marki.gs you spoke of to other comenters

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  • Margaret Lindsey

    My parents have always had a cedar chest that I looked over today. style 2075. Serial 445090. It’s complete with sticker offering suggestions and ending with “for Victory buy war bonds and stamps”. Any idea how much they would have paid for it?

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  • Mariah

    I bought a Lane chest over the weekend for off of craigslist and am just curious about its date of manufacture. The serial code is 6126-03. I read you method of deciphering the serial number above. Did the ever start putting the month and date in order? I’m wondering if this translates to: 03/26/61, instead of 30/62/16, which is what it would be if I read it backwards like your serial number. Any help is great 🙂

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  • Chris Papineau

    I have a small Lane table or stool that I can’t identify. It is 15″ tall and 20″ square. The serial number is 466609 and style is 1082 18. I contacted the Lane company and they had no info. The serial number backward made no sense to them and they couldn’t find the style. It was suggested that perhaps it was a manufacturer’s sample piece. I thought it might have been a foot stool to a chair set but they found no match. I haven’t been able to find anything on any of the sites I visited. I don’t have a picture yet that I can post.

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  • James Berry

    I have a bedroom set I picked up from a retired couple It has Lane Altavista Va in one of the drawers and a stencil on the back of the bedside table that has
    32
    G32-31
    SER – R970396

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  • lenny riley

    i have a lane vinal LP holder but the serial number has seven digits so i can’t tell what year it was made, can you help me…..ser.# 4860803

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  • chris

    My father gave me a lane chest. The serial number on the bottom is 020630 so that should make it from 2/6/1930 correct? Unfortunately a piece of the rear leg is missing and a piece of wood on the top is lifting off which i will repair with wood glue carefully. How much would that effect the value and is there any idea of its value? I will email pictures shortly

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Chris,
      Happy to hear from you – I’m going through my inbox so I’ll be sure to look for the pics. Could you send me a pic of the serial number too? We usually read it backwards to understand date, so that seems to indicate 1920, but the numbers aren’t quite tracking for me… I can’t speak to value – I’m not an appraiser. I would meet with a furniture restoration expert to discuss repairs and their impact on value.
      Cheers,
      Becky

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  • Ariane

    Becky! I was just googling Lane history and I stumbled across you! I just inherited my grandmas Lane hope chest from 1952. It’s amazing!

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Ariane! So great to hear from you 🙂 I am so happy to hear about your Lane hope chest – what a treat! Hope your ventures are going well – email me if you want to do an interview and be featured in a post on the home page. I would love to connect our readers to your shop!

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  • Dan Moore

    Have lane dining table style 10903-51 serial 487106. Do not know anything about it, needs to be refinished and don’t know if to refinish or replace. Anyone know the age or anything about it?

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Dan,
      Sounds like a great find – could you send me pictures to editor@causeafrockus.com? I’ll need those to investigate – labels/markings and an overall pic of the table. Regarding refinishing – I’m not a furniture restoration expert, but I would recommend reaching out to one in your area or a local antique/vintage dealer to see who they use. That person will have great insight on the refinishing process and how that will impact value.
      Cheers!

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  • O. Doobley

    This past weekend I purchased a table from the flea market. While cleaning it with steam as i intended on painting it. I discovered some markings: “Altavista, Virginia” and “Style No. 11102 10” or at least that’s what I think it says. Using various search engines attempting to find it’s origin, perhaps it’s a Lane piece?

    I’ve attempted to decipher the style number 11102 10 (?), It appears to me no matter how interpret the numbers the year ends in “11,” before Lane opened it’s doors for business.

    What is the value of this piece if any. I don’t want to molest it with paint the value is significantly more than the price I paid.

    I posted pictures at:

    http://www.instappraisal.com/appraisal/altavista-virginia-style-no-11102-whats-value

    The markings on the underside are obstructed as in the pictures.

    Thanks for any help provided.

    Oliver

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Oliver,
      I see what you mean. While the location matches with Lane, without the Lane logo it’s hard to authenticate. Also, the date is a bit curious. I am not aware of a collection where wicker is used, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. Regarding value – I can’t speak to that as I’m not an appraiser. I would recommend finding a local restoration expert or appraiser to get their two cents. Having someone on site to inspect and assess the piece will ensure an accurate report. Best of luck!

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      • Oliver

        Thank you very much for your quick reply… There are some vintage furniture shops in my area, I’ll see if they can tell me anything about it. My biggest concern is ruining a nice piece with paint.

        Thanks again,

        Oliver

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  • matt

    Hello, I just stumbled upon a Lane piece that is super cool( i think) and wanted to get your thoughts on it. It has some serious stains in the walnut on the top and edge that appear to go deep. It’s some kind of liquid that turned black so it will require some aggresive sanding and then the whole piece will need to be sanded to match.

    I wanted to get your thoughts before I dive into this myself incase this thing is really valuable, ill take it to the pros, if so.

    STYLE NO.908-09
    SERIAL NO.068160

    Thanks, looking forward to your response.

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Matt,
      Congrats on the cool find! I’m not an appraiser, so I can’t speak to value. I would recommend finding a couple local appraisers or furniture restorers (vintage or antique shop owners can usually give you great recommendations). They can assess the piece in person for the most accurate value assessment. If you’d like me to dig in to see if I can identify the collection or series it came from, I’m happy to do so. Just send an email to editor@causafrockus.com with a good picture of the front of the piece. Thanks!

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  • Shannon M

    I own a 2 level Lane coffee/side table. It is clearly stamped as Lane on the underneath. I’m looking to find out if it is valuable and also what type of wood it is. I can’t seem to find any similar Lane pieces online so maybe it is valuable or maybe it is an odd duck. I will send an email with some pictures to editor@causeafrockus.com – Great site, thanks for the info!

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  • Jimi

    I can’t find anywhere…..What two woods were used in the acclaim series? Walnut/Ash, Walnut/Oak, HELP!!!! No guesses please Factual Info Only!!! Thank You, I am at my wits end Jimi

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Jimi,
      We can look into this for you, but please know that there is a certain degree of guesswork involved with research – especially with Lane. As you know, there isn’t an abundance of information out there on these matters. And Lane used different woods for different models within the same series sometimes – if you can email pictures and the serial numbers of the pieces in question we can dig in. editor@causeafrockus.com

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  • Frank

    I have a Lane Cedar Chest, STYLE I-244. Also, has a serial number stamped, 092827 (but when I reverse it, it does not make sense). Perhaps LANE did not always use “Reverse” numbers for serials?
    I suspect this was mfg. 09/28/1927. or maybe, 7/28/1020 ?

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Frank,
      Thanks for your note. Sounds like a great Cedar Chest. We’re working on further Lane research, hopefully we’ll get some of these questions answered in that post. As you can imagine, it’s a tedious process – but we’re excited about the findings! If you want to send a picture via email we can dig in further – editor@causeafrockus.com.
      Cheers!

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  • Christopher Rich

    I have two beautiful Lane Altavista black lacquer end tables left to me by my father. I know from the serial # they were made 04/04/59. They are unlike any other Lane pieces I can find. The style number is 901X02. I would love to know more or possibly find other pieces from the same style. Thanks so much.

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  • Ray Clark

    My boss gave a Lane drop leaf end table to a co worker and I am going to help him find info on it. the red stamp number on the bottom says “1084 12” can send a photo maybe tomorrow

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  • Carlin. Bland

    I found a beautiful side table with a small pullout. Serial #2098290 . Style #988 25. Light colored inlay on top. Paid only $3.00. What can you tell me about this nice piece. Thank you!

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  • Carlin. Bland

    I found a beautiful side table with pull out shelf at a yardsale for $3. Light wood inlay. Serial #2098290. Style # 988 25. What can you tell me about this piece? Thank you

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  • Yvette

    I have a small round table that I have sent pictures of to your e mail address. It’s stamped lane and has the numbers. I am looking for a value for it. Nothing like it online it has two different woods used. Please advise how I can get it valued.
    Thanks

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Yvette,
      We are not appraisers so can’t speak to value. If I were in your shoes, I’d reach out to local antique/vintage shop owners to get some recommendations for appraisers or furniture restoration artists (they also can speak to value). You will want them to see the piece in person to give you an estimate for insurance or resale purposes. Best of luck!

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  • Tom Rodgers

    I bought an unusual and very stylish vintage Lane Teak kneehole desk yesterday at an antique mall in Central California. The drawer pulls are made of a lighter Teak wood, and the body of the desk, the top, sides and drawer fronts are a darker Teak. I noted the numbers stamped on the bottom of the top center drawer: Style No. 34, Serial No. 759030, with additional numbers: 6-57E and 4C207-34-3, on the bottom of the deep ‘file drawer’ on the left. I gather from your information above that it was manufactured on 03/09/57, which is the Serial No. backwards. Are you able to tell me what pattern or style name this particular desk was given by Lane, and if it was part of a larger collection of pieces made of two-tone teak construction?

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  • Clair

    I found a lovely Secretary Desk (roller top) at a thirft shop, stamped Lane AltaVista, Virgina. Very unique.
    Clair
    Canada

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  • Amanda

    I purchased a bedroom set and am trying to find out more info basically. On back of my nightstand it reads:
    345
    831-33
    SER-3782811

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  • JJ

    I bought a wedge shaped table on Craigslist for my mom’s apartment for $35 about a year ago. I liked it so much I almost kept it – I’ve looked for years for living room tables I liked. Later I discovered it was a Lane Rhythm. The wedge table ended up back with me. I kept checking Craigslist and almost got two end tables a while back, then kicked myself for passing them up. Last week I hit the jackpot – an estate sale with 5 Rhythm tables. I bought a second wedge shaped table (the two are now my coffee table), two rectangular end tables and a round end table for $50 each. They are refinishing projects but that’s ok. I love the clean, timeless lines and how visually light they look even though they are very sturdy. You cannot find that quality today in tables in terms of woodgrain, looks and build unless you pay significantly more. And the first wedge shaped table – it was built the day after I was born.

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  • Daniel

    Hi I found a Lane chest and was trying to do some research on it, but cannot find anything on the style number. I believe the ceader chest is dated April 15 1982 at plant 2, but the style is no where to be found on the Internet and I have searched for hours to find a matching pic with no luck. Is this something you could help with? My style number looks like 4689 70. Thanks

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  • Nicole

    I have a Lane Alta Vista Virginia glass dining table. It has a 1/2 inch solid glass top on a dark wood, dark metal elongated H shaped base. The chairs that came with it have dark metal legs with an orange cushion, dark wood framed wicker back. I would love to find out more about the worth of this piece. I was in the process of selling it for $80 when I found the manufacturer sticker. The serial number is 4373090

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  • nancy

    I have a coffee table and matching end table marked lane on it. It says style 90081 design # 185371
    Serial # 4867060.. was wondering if you could give me a value on it I do have picture I can send.

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  • Christine Hinton

    Just bought a round lane end table with serial number 2381170.
    Can’t find another one like it online and wondering if it’s authentic.
    Is there a place to look up numbers?

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Christine,
      Unfortunately there isn’t a one-stop shop for serial number look ups. I am working to build a database on Cause A Frockus, but it’s a bit involved as you can imagine 😉

      If you want to send a clear picture of the front of the piece and the markings I can dig in…
      editor@causeafrockus.com

      Cheers!

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  • Lea

    We were given an old round Lane side table from and older relative. It has the Lane Alta Vista Virginia logo burned into the underside along with style # 1039-22 and Serial # 361221. Thank you

    Would love any info on this table.

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  • Amanda

    I have a lane cedar chest, style no 6151-10, serial number 657111, that I purchased at an antique store a couple years ago. Someone repainted over the original finish with black and painted a silver fleur de lis design on top. I bought it with the intention of one day restoring it and that time has come. I started just yesterday and as I sanded some of the black paint away, there was a yellowed-white color underneath, which I believe to be the original color. I’m not sure whether the previous owner changed the hardware or not and I have been looking for a picture of what my chest is originally supposed to have looked like, but no such luck. Any suggestions?

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  • Roy Dell

    I have a very rare lane
    Coffee table it looks just like the coffee table style 901 iI think
    It is but this table has
    a drop Leaf at each I’ve never seen one like it serial 850221 its xlnt condition I’d like to sell it

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Roy,
      Could you please send pictures to editor@causeafrockus.com? I can dig in, but I will say I’m not an appraiser so I can’t speak to value. For an assessment of value, you’ll want to reach out to a local resource who can take a peek in person. Antique and vintage shop owners are a great first stop for good appraisal or furniture expert resources. Cheers!

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  • Tony

    Hello,
    I have a set of Lane end tables I recently purchased from a thrift shop. The serial number is a little confusing :362206. I was also wondering if they once had a matching coffee table. Thank you.

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  • Carol Salego

    Bought from garage sale Lane coffetable wondering if it’s worth anything, 2591090 Style number 1435 01 dont know anything about Lane except name is great. Paid $10, excellent shape. Ty

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Carol!
      Thanks for the note – sounds like you found a treasure! I can’t speak to value as I’m not an appraiser. I would recommend reaching out to a local vintage or antique shop owner for an appraisal reference. They will have a great insight into resale value. Best of luck!

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  • Gayle

    Hi Becky! First I love your site! You provide such great info!
    Today I came across a Lane coffee table I have never seen before and was wondering if you could help? Serial # 4764101 style # 1097 01. Thank you in advance!

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Gayle!
      Thanks for the feedback – really appreciate it! This article was so much fun to write – happy to hear you enjoyed it too. If you could email me pictures of the markings and the front of the table I can dive in. Cheers!

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  • Lee

    Thank you for your site.. very helpful information! Could you give guidance on care and minor restoration if the top is a laminate (I think it is). I found two little matching square Lane Alta Vista tables with tapered legs.I don’t know if they are end or occasional tables or used together as a coffee table. They don’t stack. The logo is framed as your example. The Serial # is 162090, so understand now that would be 09/02/1961. The style is 925-18. These about 18″sq walnut with a black laminate ? top that about 17″ sq. Top is about 3/4″ thick and raised from the frame. I paid $3 each, so fun to find these. thank you!

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  • Gail

    I just bought a Lane Cedar Chest ata garage sale and I’m trying to get more info on it. The only number I found was on the bottom and it was 072027. If I reverse as everyone says, it doesn’t make sense. Can you help?

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  • Ruthann

    I have a Lane Hy-Lite boomerang table (1960) that I’ve fallen in love with. It still retains the gold highlights but has several scratches and really needs to be cleaned and restored. I don’t want to do any further damage as this is a great piece that I think I will keep forever. Any suggestions on the best way to go about restoring?

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  • Amanda

    I have 2 piece a end table serial number 355211 style 247 and a coffee table serial number 566101 style number 1041 01 I’d like to find more info about them

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  • Phyllis DeLuca

    Hello. I have a Lane cedar chest coffee table I purchased in 1990; serial 2095120 and style 320422. I know it had matching end tables that I didn’t purchase. I’ve endlessly searched and can’t find ANY info online for my table. Can you help? I’m looking to possibly sell it, but it might be a unique piece of some sort 🙂

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Phyllis,
      Thanks for writing! I will try and help – please email me pics of the fronts of the pieces and markings. editor@causeafrockus.com. But please be aware that I can’t provide any advice on value as I’m not an appraiser. But if I can find any information on the history of the piece I will send along! Cheers…

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  • kaylee

    Hi. I was givin an old antique alcohol cabinet or at least i was told. Its in ruff shape but definatly can be brought back to life. I was inspeting it for a date. But came across i branded area inside the middle drawer piece that says lane altavista virginia . How can i learn more about this piece

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Kaylee,
      The best, first step is to find the serial number and style number. You can search for it on Cause A Frockus – if I don’t have it listed, try a preliminary Google search. Last step is to reach out to vintage shop owners and see if they have additional resources. I am working on some additional Lane content – so check back in!
      Cheers,
      Becky

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  • cindy

    I picked up an end table made by Lane for free that someone didnt want. I cant find anything online about it. Can you help ?
    Style 169853
    Serial 477820

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  • robert martin

    have table marked lane, serial number 560360, style model 991 05. will be happy to send pic
    Can you tell me anything about it?

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  • Stacy

    I have a altavista lane hexagon end table that is clearly marked on the bottom i would like to know what the resale price is for this piece as i cannot find any information about this piece online…

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Stacy,
      Thanks for reaching out! Sounds like a lovely piece. We do not inform our readers about resale prices as we’re not appraisers and it’s tough to assess value without seeing items in person. I would recommend reaching out to local shop owners to get their take on it – they’re very knowledgeable and will also have appraisal resources. Cheers and best of luck!

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  • Beulah mendoza

    My mom was given some furniture pieces a while back and is now trying to get rid of them as she is moving into a smaller house. Found Lane Altavista, Virginia on it and 35 679-62 SER-3383220 on one of the pieces which looks like a buffet or entertainment center. The other 2 look like China cabinets to me without the doors. They are all the same style/wood. Can you give me more information on these? I can send pictures. Now that I saw this website I’m thinking twice about selling these.

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  • Patricia Ruzicka

    Hi , We have a coffee table and the information on the bottom , is as follows { LANE ALTAVISTA VIRGINIA STYLE NO . 997-01 SERIAL NO. 36314 } I am just curious as to the history of this item if possible
    Thanks so much.

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  • Linda Jarvis

    I have a 3 piece Lane living room set: a coffee table, a step table and an end table. The style number on the coffee table is 0925-01, and the serial number is 602010. My parents were the original owners. All three of the pieces have black formica (I think; that’s what we always called it) tops. The coffee table has the Lane imprint. I”m assuming all the pieces do, it’s just that right now the coffee table is the most accessible. I’ve not been able to find anything like these on the internet.

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  • Ashlynn

    I have a night stand with the LANE logo on it. But I cannot find one like it and I don’t know who to contact to see how much it is worth. Please help!

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Ashlynn,
      I feel your frustration completely – it is hard to find reliable information on Lane out there on the internet (something I’m trying to change with posts on CAF). I would recommend reaching out to a vintage shop owner as they will be able to provide an appraisal estimate. We don’t provide estimations as we aren’t able to see the piece in person to authenticate & also because we’re not appraisal experts by trade. If you have the serial number you can also search etsy or ebay to see if you can find comparables.
      Cheers and best of luck!

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  • Glenn

    I have a table style991-05 serial number 268240. Black lacquer finish on top and red finish on the stand.did lane do this color or not.and if so is it a rare piece

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Glenn,
      Sounds like a fun piece! Lane did incorporate a variety of finishes on their pieces, but typically they stayed close to the original wood tones. I would recommend getting an opinion from a vintage shop owner or furniture restoration expert to see if the finish is factory-made.
      Cheers!

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  • Todd Gulich

    Good morning!

    I have three tables that I inherited a little bit ago. They are obviously Lane tables and they are 20″ x 20″ x 28.” The Serial # reads: 362707, and the “Style #397 5”. Wondering what the approximate value is given that they are in very good condition with few minor scratches and structurally very sound. Also, thinking of doing a light refinish possibly. I would send you pictures but I don’t see how to do that. Help?

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Todd,
      Thanks for reaching out. We don’t provide value assessments as we aren’t appraisers and can’t see the pieces in person. I would recommend reaching out to a local vintage shop owner for some advice on resale (it’s helpful to go online and visit etsy or ebay to see if you can find comparable Lane pieces to give you a working estimate of what the value may be – but as you know there’s limited information on Lane out there, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t find your exact model number). Vintage shop owners also will know good furniture restoration resources who can assist with any refinishing questions you may have. We always love seeing pictures of our reader’s finds – feel free to email us at editor@causeafrockus.com
      Cheers!

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  • David Rosen

    Hi Becky,
    We recently bought a Lane dining expandable pedestal table from an etsy seller with the following numbers on the labels from the underneath side of the table top: 3865020, 31693 and 294-54. We are very interested in acquiring the chairs that were designed specifically for this table but cannot find this type of table on any of the vintage websites with Lane furniture we have looked at. Would you have any ideas to help? I can send a photo of our actual table, but you can also see what looks to be the exact table design (minus the expandable) as a side table rather than dining table: https://www.chairish.com/product/196361/lane-mid-century-modern-round-walnut-side-table.
    Thanks!
    David

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi David!
      Lovely table – and thanks for reaching out. I would recommend reaching out to local vintage shop owners to see if anyone has a lead on the chairs (once you get looped into this network it’s amazing how many people can come and assist). If you want to email us at editor@causeafrockus.com with the city you live in, we can reach out to our contacts on your behalf. Hopefully someone can connect you with the chairs soon!
      Cheers,
      Becky

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      • David Rosen

        Thanks for the reply Becky! I sent you the email and hope that it leads to a successful discovery of matching chairs one day!

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Lisa!

      It appears the first number is your serial number, which lends the manufacturing date – looking like a late 70s piece (1978). The shorter, second number should be the style number.

      Hope that helps!

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  • JDF

    Hello! We purchased a Coffee and End table yesterday. At what time did Lane start production of some or all of their pieces in China? There are a couple “made in China” stickers on the piece. Inside of drawers are branded LANE- very simple and plain. Serial number 11873-01 on the table and 11873-07 (not sure about the 7) on the end piece. Somebody penciled 1974 on the bottom of a drawer also- which would make sense if 73 is production year. Nice sturdy tables with slate top inset.

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Jen,
      I’m not sure when Lane started relying on international manufacturing – we focus on vintage-era pieces, which are by and large US-produced. Looks like you have provided the style numbers.. the manufacturing date will be found in the longer serial number. Usually dashes are with the style number, unless it clearly states serial number by the marking. Sounds like a lovely piece!

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  • Laura

    I have what I believe to be a very early lane chest. It’s marked style no.48300, but there’s no serial number. It has wooden wheels, no tray, and a simple “LANE Altavista, Va.” brand logo. The “Complete protection against moths” paper is thumb tacked onto the inside lid. The wood is pieced horizontally, 2-3 boards in front, and has knots through it. It’s unlike any that I’ve seen online. Can you help me date it?

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  • Christina Trotter

    I have a Lane cedar chest serial # 2665180 style# 1975-82 can you help me find out what it’s worth ? I have looked timelessly on the Internet but have not got a real price. Thank you!

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Christina,
      Thanks for reaching out! Sounds like a lovely cedar chest – as we’re not appraisers we don’t advise readers on financial worth. I’ve been in your boat before and what I’ve done is to first fine comparable pieces on Etsy to get a range. Then I worked with local vintage shop owners to get their recommendations for an appraiser. That person came to my home to inspect the piece in person and gave me a more accurate estimate. Sometimes that person will also be a restoration artist, so they can give you tips on increasing value through repairs. Best of luck!!

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  • jody

    I found a small table of some sort made by lane AltaVista, va. the style number is 231 serial number is 357110 I am guessing it was made in the 1950’s but I can not find anything that tells me the value of this table looks to be in great condition. if any one could help would greatly appreciate it thank you

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Jody!

      Thanks for reaching out. Yes, based on the number it appears to be 1953 manuf. date. In terms of value, we don’t advise readers as we aren’t appraisers and can’t see the piece first hand to give an accurate account. I would do some research online to find comparables so you have a baseline, then reach out to local vintage shop owners to get recommendations for local appraisal resources. Best of luck and enjoy your find!!

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  • Tim Shump

    We have a cedar chest that used to be my wife’s mothers. We were trying to figure out how old it is but reading the serial # backwards does not work. The serial # is either 112827 or II2827 and the style # is 48775. Any idea how we can determine the age and if it’s worth restoring. Thanks!

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Tim,
      Thanks for the note – the numbering is unique and not in the typical format. Are there clear Lane markings? In terms of figuring out the restoration plan – that’s a bit trickier and it’s really a personal call. If the piece has history with the family then it is obviously treasured, if you can prove the provenance that will make it a good financial investment as well. I would recommend getting the opinion of some antique/vintage shop owners. They’ll be able to advise and also can give you recommendations for local, trusted furniture restoration firms. If you cannot date it via the markings, the restoration expert can date it based on the finishes, wood, etc. A more intensive option, but it can be a worthwhile investment.

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      • Tim Shump

        Thanks for prompt response Becky. Yes the piece is stamped inside the lid just like the logo above (Lane with Altavista, Va. under it inside of the barrel) without the US Pat. Off stamped under it. I have also contacted Lane to see if they can help with the mfg. date. My wife would like me to restore it but if it is worth the investment I would prefer a professional to finish and repair it like it once was. Thanks again!

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  • Joey

    Hi,I have a Lane Hope Chest and it was built in 1956,it was my Grandmother’s.do they still make keys for the push button lock on the front??

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  • Beth G

    Hi, we have come across a Lane coffee table and two end tables. I cannot find anything online that looks like the design so I am sending you photographs. The style number on the end tables are 1927 and the serial number is 754121 (so I’m guessing 12/14/57 is the production date) however, it only appears on one of the tables. Is that common? The style number on the coffee table is 076 and the serial number is 858110 (01/18/58?) I was wondering if there is a way to find out what the name of the pattern is. Thanks

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Beth,

      Wonderful! My email has been acting a bit funny (had to transfer to a new provider), but I’ll be on the lookout for the pics. You guessed right on the production date and sometimes I have seen serial numbers not included when it’s a set. We can find out the pattern name, but it can take a bit of digging. As you know, getting Lane information is touch and go. I’ll start diving in and respond to your email. Thanks!

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  • Tracy Thone

    I found an end table at consignment store and it is made by Lane. Serial # 227013 G.. I was planning on making a Lego table with it. However I was trying to determine the age of the table. I didn’t realize it was a Land product until I got it home.

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Tracy,
      Sounds like a fun find – if you could send me a picture that would be wonderful – editor@causeafrockus.com. The number seems to indicate 1922, but that doesn’t match with their production time period for tables. I can dive in a bit more once I see a pic of the markings and the table’s style.
      Thanks!

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  • Mike Soden

    Hi
    I came across a set of Lane tables 1 coffee table and 3 end tables from 1952
    Style No. 257
    Serial 253101
    Could please verify these numbers are correct, and is this set desirable, what type of wood or any other information you have on this would be appreciated
    I do have pics I can send to you.
    Thank you
    Mike

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  • Bernadette

    Hi , We have a coffee table and the information on the bottom , is as follows (LANE ALTAVISTA VIRGINIA STYLE NO . 957-01) I am just curious as to the history of this item if possible
    Thanks so much.

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  • Mary Raisleger

    I have two end tables Style No 1387, Serial #757240, and a round coffee table Style 1383, Serial #757240. Could you give me some details about these pieces?

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  • Pat

    I have a small Lane table. It is a Mid-Century Modern style, but the serial number is strange. 286920. Any insight?

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  • Connie L Smith

    Hello, I’m recently purchased a home with all content. Under alot of totes I see a long coffee table short legs which I’ve never seen one like this. On the bottom it is ingraved with the Lane logo and Style #076 NO#855111 which I see from this site it’s date is 11-15-58 but I’ve not seen any style like it. How can I find out more about my find?, And can it be refinished. This piece is in need of it. Thanks for your time.

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  • Victoria

    I have a Lane bedroom set purchased in the mid 60’s. There is a double dresser, single dresser, corner desk, chair, and mirror; but no bed or headboard. I started researching to see if I could find a twin headboard to match the set. I believe the set may have been designed as youth furniture as I am fairly sure the tops are laminate. The serial number (376640) on the double dresser doesn’t match the format you mentioned in the article, but 1966 would make sense as the year it was purchased. The double dresser is the only one I’ve checked so far. There are three lines of numbers on the back: 51 then under that 305-03 and under that SER NO 376640. The inside of the top drawer is marked “LANE Altavista Virginia” (with the Virginia spelled out) and no frame.

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  • Emmy Ketterman

    I am working on an Estate and I have a Lane Chest which has a style no. 1869-50, and serial number 2765110. I am thinking from what I have read online that this is a 1967 piece. Can you possible tell me the style in order to get a better idea of what to look up.

    Thank you!

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  • Curtis Bell

    I have two end tables by Lane with all markings of authenticity. They include the serial number 29869060 and style number 988 05. They have some water damage on each surface and one piece of decorative trim missing. They obviously need some restoration. I am just wondering if they are a gem or not too valuable. I would be happy to give them to someone for free to restore… unless that would mean I am giving up something that holds some actual value. Any information on these tables and whether I should hold off on giving them away? Thank you in advance!

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Curtis,
      Thanks for reaching out. As we aren’t appraisers and haven’t seen the pieces in person we cannot speak to their value. Best recommendation would be to see if you can find comparable Lane pieces online to get a sense of price, then reach out to local vintage shop owners and/or furniture restoration firms to get an appraisal, and base your decision on the information gathered from those two sources. I’m not sure of the manufacturing date based on the serial number provided, it appears to have some extra digits. But if it is a mid-century piece those appear to be the most collectible/valuable at the moment. Best of luck!

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  • Robert A Calvert

    I have a Lane Cedar Chest that has a style no. of 5301 70 and a serial no. of 2585140. Is this a true LANE or is it a fake. If not, can you tell me when and where it was made. Thank you in advance. Bob

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  • kathy gettel

    Hi Becky! I recently bought a Lane coffee table and one side table. I have been searching online for info (such as style name, and possible value) I have found only one other identical coffee table and no side tables. I found another coffee table that was similar, but the legs were “normal” looking, whereas mine are more like ice skate blades (ie they don’t actually end, they curve, go across, then curve upwards to connect to other side)

    So, I’d love to know what this model is called, and anything else about it I can find out. I wonder why there are so few examples of this style to see online vs. quite a few of the other styles??
    The coffee table has style no: 1082 09, serial: 4 767010
    The side table has style no: 1082 05, serial: 2664221

    Thanks for any help you can provide! (and thanks for the info in the article, more informative than any other I’ve found!!)

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  • Clarence

    Hi Becky. I am coming to you with a question on a Lane cedar chest. My Father in law recently acquired his from his mother. The chest was originally owned by his great grandma. We can find no serial number anywhere on it. We have looked it over very carefully. All we can find is the style no of 44 I-S (or maybe 1-5 not sure there) it has wooden wheels on it. We are interested of when it was made (what year it was made in particular). I can find no info on it anywhere. Any help would be appreciated

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  • Sharon Moore

    I just bought a dining room table the number on the bottom is
    85010
    702-76
    It has rattan chairs. The table is 60″ wide
    I am really trying to find the worth, or even the date of this set. It is gorgeous. Any help is appreciated

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Sharon,
      Thanks for the note. I cannot advise to the worth as I’m not an appraiser and can’t see the piece in person. The serial number appears to be missing a digit – could you please email me a picture of the markings and the table and chairs. I’ll dig in and we’ll go from there….editor@causeafrockus.com
      Cheers!
      Becky

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  • Cindy Soltys

    I just purchased a nice older dining set at a garage sale. It has the Lane AltaVista label. I would like to know more about it. Can I send a picture? The numbers on the bottom are set. 365111 and job 302 70. Gorgeous table with very bizarre base.

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  • Phyllis

    I have a Lane side/end table style 865 and serial no 852230. Can you give me an estimate of its value?

    Thank you

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Phyllis,
      We do not provide value estimations as we aren’t appraisers. I would recommend reviewing Etsy to get a rough baseline and talking with vintage shop owners. They can connect you to an appraisal resource who can authenticate your find and provide you with value estimates.
      Best of luck!
      Becky

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  • Pam Groetzenbach

    Hi, I just bought two vintage Lane side tables, style #705
    serial # 550121.
    I know they were made in 1955, but can’t find any info on them, nor any similar pieces on the internet. They have 2 tiers with gold rods along the sides between each tier. Can you tell me anything about them? Thank You!

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  • Minerva Green

    I picked up an end table and would like to know it’s value and the name of this item. It has this information with the Lane stamp on it:
    Lane Altavista, VA
    Style #99 967-02
    Serial # 263230 RM

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Minerva,

      Thanks for reaching out. Based on the numbers in the markings this dates the piece to 1962. Unfortunately we can’t provide a value assessment as we aren’t appraisers and aren’t seeing the piece in person. I would recommend reaching out to local vintage shop owners, they are a wealth of information and can connect you with a reliable contact. If you’d like to send a picture of the front of the table we can research to see if we can find the series name – editor@causeafrockus.com.

      Cheers!

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  • Monica Ricci

    Wow what wealth of info this place is! I picked up two vintage Lane two-tier end tables. The model number is 857. Serial number is 753080 (August 3, 1957). My question is… can I get a replacement piece for the one end? It is the END of the top tier on one of the tables. It’s missing. It is like a thin piece of molding. Any idea how to get a new one outside of buying a whole new table?

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Monica,
      Thanks! This is a great question – Lane is actually very helpful when it comes to this (even though it’s a vintage piece, they can help you connect with resources). They have been for me in the past. Start here: https://www.lanefurniture.com/contacts. If for some reason they can’t assist, then next option would be to reach out to local vintage shop owners to get furniture restoration firm recommendations. You’ll want to go with word of mouth on this because I’ve found not all restoration firms are made equal. (Some people just do not get the beauty of vintage!).

      p.s. Because I’m forever curious… I checked out your website. If you would like to do a feature on organizing (specifically tips for the enthusiastic vintage/antique collector) please send me a note: editor@causeafrockus.com. Would love to showcase your work to our reader base. Collectors are always on the look-out for good organizational tips!

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  • Eric Fitzgerald

    I have a very rare coffee table by Lane and can’t find it anywhere. I want to know a price for it to see how much it’s worth. Style No. 1113 91
    Serial No. 4860150

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Eric,
      Thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately we cannot offer an appraisal of value as we haven’t seen the piece in person. I would recommend seeing if a search of your style number on etsy or ebay yields any comparables. Then, with that as a baseline, ask local vintage shop owners to see if they can offer you some insights. They may point you to an appraisal business or can give you a rough estimation based on their business history. Best of luck!

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  • Emma

    Hi! I have been cleaning out my grandparents house and found a table that says it’s Lane but I know there were a number of companies that made reproductions. The serial number makes sense 166121 (Dec. 16, 1961) but I haven’t seen any other Lane table like it.No dovetail joints and it’s a light colored wood. Is there a way to authenticate it?

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Emma,
      The fact that you haven’t seen another Lane like your table doesn’t surprise me – as you know it’s a bit tricky finding good info out there on pieces. It does make me pause when you mention the lack of dovetail joints, but again, Lane has a very robust history so it’s hard to rule anything out! In terms of authentication, I would recommend reaching out to local vintage/antique shop owners to get their recommendations for a furniture appraiser. This person can help authenticate after an in-person review. Best of luck and enjoy the cleaning out project – I’m sure you are discovering all sorts of special family mementos!

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  • Henry

    I have a Lane 3 drawer chest Style # 305 13 Serial # 462011, which is stamped on the bottom. Can you tell me anything about it?
    Thanks.

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  • Emma

    Thank you for your help Becky! Unfortunately more hoarding than heirlooms, but always interesting. Your site has a wide variety of interesting reading, very cool! Thanks again!

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  • Anna

    Hi Becky,
    I’m really glad Infound this site!! I bought a roll up desk/ bar at a yard sale a few weeks ago. Not sure if it was made into a bar or if Lane actually made these. I would really like some info on it.

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  • B Taylor

    I found a 1996 bedroom set by Lane – two night stands, mirror and dresser – any idea of what it would be worth before I bid on it?

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  • Jen

    I just acquired a piece of lane furniture and aside from the serial and style number, I’m having a heck of a time finding out anything about it!! How would I be able to determine its worth when I can’t even find the piece online?? Help!!!
    Style #: 999-92
    Serial #: 264211
    Thanks! Jen

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  • Loretta

    I believe I have a Lane table and chairs made from the 1925. It has the following sequence on it Qc754B1015651. Does anyone know what it mean? Thanks.

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Loretta,
      I’m afraid I haven’t seen that marking pattern before – could you send a picture to editor@causeafrockus.com? Also, please note that Lane’s departure from cedar chests to furniture during the 1940s. They invested R&D into furniture designs by the 1930s, but I haven’t seen examples of any non-cedar chest Lane pieces that would date to 1925.

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  • Remmy Ar'emen

    I have a combined cabinet with reading rack, I know it was pattened in 1987, and the style no. is 289312 but I don’t see a serial number. Just the design patten no “D 300788” so I don’t actually know when it was made and I haven’t seen any others like it online, so.. I’m a bit at a loss how to list it. Any help would be much appreciated!

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  • Mel Loy

    Hello, I have a blonde lane coffee table and 2 side tables made in 1953. I have looked all over and cannot find any information on them. The coffee table style is 431 serial # 354021 side tables style are 437 Serial number 357021 . Any help would be appreciated
    Thank you

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  • Rebekah

    Hey there! My husband and I found a Lane coffee table/end table/ cabinet. The serial number is 2968140. I’m thinking this piece was made in 1969, but we can’t find anything that looks similar. It has wrought iron legs and a black design on the doors. It also appears to have two different style numbers printed on the bottom. 1156-92/1166-92. Could this have been made in 92 and I’ve just read the serial number incorrectly?

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  • Deb W

    I have a Lane coffee table shaped as cloverleaf with solid not glass top. I have the serial number etc but still cannot find the collection. I have found several with glass top but none like my own. It’s beautiful!

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  • Alison Rege

    I have just been given two small Lane (ALTAVISTA, VIRGINIA)tables and would like to know more about them. The underside is stamped Style no. 1590-18 Serial no. 2574130. I have no idea what kind of wood they are crafted of.

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  • Charles Sicola

    I have a Virginia Maid by Lane end table serial no. 2291121. I can’t find anything online for that serial no. Can you help me? Chuck in Virginia.

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  • Dee Dampier

    I have two end tables that are marked Lane, Altavist Virginia, Style No 10780 92, Serial No 4761880. They have brown grooved bodies and black slate looking tops. Each has two doors that open for storage. I was just wondering what they might be worth. Does anyone know where I can look? The link above to the Lane site didn’t work.

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Dee,

      We don’t do appraisals on the site. Based on the serial number it appears to be a mid-1970s manufacturing date. What we recommend is to take some pictures of your piece to local vintage shop owners to get their initial assessment. They’ll be able to give you a good resale or investment value (and may ask to see the piece in person).

      Best of luck!

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  • Dee Dampier

    I have two Lane side tables marked on the underside with Lane Altavista Virginia Style no. 1078 92 and Serial no. 4761880. I was wondering how old they are and what they might be worth.

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  • salina bryant

    I HV inherited my grandfather’s Lane coffee table and two entail tables. The drawers that could pull out have baskweave. I just want to go down out what wood was used and what’s the best color to get in Danish oil or stain. They’re real light right now and wld like to keep the light wood color.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

    Salina

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Salina!
      Thanks for reaching out – these sound like beautiful pieces. Without being there to see these tables in person, I would recommend going to your local vintage shop owners to get a personal recommendation to a furniture restoration firm. You can then send them some pics to do a quick initial assessment, then follow up with an in-person advice session. Refinishing can impact the value of the piece, so I do recommend going through this extra step. Most places will help you for a minimal charge.
      Cheers and best of luck!

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  • Sara

    Hi there! I found this site while doing some digging on a piece of furniture I was given. I’ve had it several years and never looked into but always loved it. Put it in the kids room cause I didn’t have room in mine but now I’m wondering if that was a bad idea. It’s a little end table and has a picture of a compass on the front with the words “S. Emery Salem”. The underside is stamped with a Lane, Altavista Virginia and style # 1637 18. Serial # 267 3210. Could you tell me anything about this? Thanks!

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  • Lucy

    I have a Lane coffee table that has cup stains and overall worn out. I would like to have it restored, refinished and stained. Would a local vintage shop know exactly how to sand the old lacquer off without damaging the piece and then use the proper stain and new lacquer? Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  • Nadine

    My mother had a cabinet with a front that tipped open with dividers. She stored classical 78 record albums in it. The front tipped open until it was parallel to the floor so the albums could be placed securely. On the bottom is LANE ALTAVISTA, VIRGINIA Below that is style no. 611-13 and serial no 565101. I am about to donate it to Habitat for Humanity because I am downsizing. Do you think it has any value?

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Nadine,
      Based on the serial number, this is a mid-1960s piece. Given the resurgence in the popularity of vinyl records and mid-century to late 1960s Lane, I would say it’s certain someone would like to add it to their collection. I would recommend looking on Etsy and then asking local vintage shop owners to get an idea of an asking price. You could also consign it through a local shop.
      Best of luck – it sounds fab!

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  • Ivonne

    I just found a lane cedar chest in my parents bedroom underneath the chest it reads a serial number of 088029 #5440-s or 5 and inside there is a paper with a number #5049

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  • Brent Barker

    Hi Becky,
    We have a little round Lane Altavista lamp table. It is marked with style 228-32, s/n 101095. I have been looking all over the internet and cannot find another example of it. Do you know anything about this table?
    Brent

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Christine – I will check your mail – please forgive the delay. Prepping for a last minute international trip. Will get back to you as soon as I’m back and less hectic! 😉

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  • Chris DiDomenico`

    Just found a Lane table in my parents attic; style # 10906 04; Serial # 4973140. It is approx. 40″ sq with bent like feet on the legs. I cannot find anything like it online. Any info would be appreciated.
    Chris

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  • Stephanie

    Recently acquired a bedroom set from my great aunt who passed. Thanks for all the great information – I am able to determine the manufacture date from the serial no (950140) but trying to find out more about the style. . . it has the stamped 32 and then below 227-11 (and 227-07 and 227-30). I have the dresser, chest and nightstands. Any more information about these pieces would be greatly appreciated. We are very excited to have these pieces in our home that was built around the same time.

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  • Leah Del Guidice

    I just purchased a lane dresser. I didn’t think it was very old but found an anniversary card inside from the 70s. I can’t find a serial number but the logo is inside the top drawer. I researched but I only found it was from a collection called “rhythm”. Can anyone direct me to more info?

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  • Chris DiDomenico`

    Hi, I just found a table at my parents. It is marked Lane; style # 10906 04; Serial #; 4973140. Can you tell me anything about this table? It is beautiful, but before I use it, I hope to find out about it.
    Thanks,
    Chris

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  • Julie

    I just purchased a beautiful Lane credenza at a vintage shop. My plan is to use it as a bathroom vanity and install a sink. The guy at the store didn’t know how to remove the drawers, but I’m sure there must be a way. And can the top be removed so I can refinish it and also make it easier to cut the hole? Apologies if you think this is sacrilege to do this to a piece of Lane, but it really will be a gorgeous bathroom vanity.

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Julie,

      Sounds like a fun retro project! I would recommend taking it to a furniture restoration firm that specializes in vintage they can help you with the drawers and top!

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  • Ken

    I have a 3 legged corner sofa table, that we know nothing about. the style number is 035 and the serial number is 755250. could you please tell me more about the table and an approximate value of the table. tried to research it a bit, but couldn’t find anything online.

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Ken,
      Sounds like a cool piece – if you could please send some pictures to editor@causefrockus.com we’ll research. But the serial number itself indicates a manufacturing date of May 25, 1957. Regarding value, we are not appraisers so we can’t advise here but I will say that vintage shop owners are a fab resource for this – they can advise you what they would sell the piece for and you can cross-reference with some Etsy research to determine a value you feel comfortable with. Cheers!

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  • Betty Wilchek

    have a Lane Cedar Chest, Stamped Lane Altavista n the inside Top. Bottom has the Circle Aroma-Tite Prssure Tested, Tested under air through Lock opening. Bottom has Style # 1974-50, Serial # 5607040.Would this be made in April 4, 1960, 65, or 1956?? Thanks so much.

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  • Mary

    i have a Virgina Maid by Lane chest with green fabric top. style no. 23 48 15, serial no. 2495108. when was it made?

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  • Victoria

    We inherited a matching Lane hutch and table with a #, but it doesn’t seem to follow the serial number match you described in the string of contents. I will include a picture and was wondering if you could help us find it’s value. It is stamped Lane from Altavista Virginia. I remember my late husband’s grandparents telling the story of buying the full set and paying it off. The table lists the # as 22855. Thank you.

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  • CASSANDRA HUCHKO

    Hello, I hsve a cedar chest. The logo says Lane Altavista and has a forest in a half circle. The serial number is 110431 and a style number is 48345 X and has a pressure tested aroma stamp on it with a plug. Based on what I’ve read you’re supposed to read a serial number backwards to determine the date it was made, I’m a little confused by the date, can anyone help?

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  • Chris Malinowski

    Hi,

    I have a Lane Cedar chest style no 48246x serial no 335280. I understand that the manufacture date would be Aug 25, 1933 but I’m having an impossible time finding anything using the style number. Is there any additional information you can provide on it?

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  • Theresa

    Lane-Robe Chifferobe, AltaVista, Va.. Stamped with the forest motif. Style No. 500, Serial No. 072431. This date doesn’t make sense backwards?

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  • Frank

    Have a lane coffee table 1 drawer style. 908-01.
    Serial 4611101…trying to attain as much info as I can on this piece

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  • joe vogel

    I have a Lane Altavista desk that I am trying to find information on. Style NO.0113 Serial NO.950110. Trying to find out the value of this piece of furniture.
    I have pictures that I can send over.

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  • Nonie

    Hi I have a table that is stamped and had a serial number and style number but doesn’t make any sense backwards as well .
    Serial number 2981180
    Style number 1513 91

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  • Jessica Hutson

    Hello, I have a Lane AltaVista square coffee table and I am trying to research the value, for resale. I’m not having any luck! The serial number is 2291190 and style number is 10985 97. There are are 2 shallow drawers, each on opposite sides. Thank you!

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  • jessica Hutson

    Hello, I have a square coffee table with two shallow drawers on either side. I am trying to find the value of it. The serial number is 2291190; and style number is1099537. Thank you!

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Jessica,
      I’m afraid we don’t offer appraisals, but I would recommend finding comparable pieces on Etsy or Ebay to give yourself a baseline & reach out to local shop owners to get a feel for the local market value. Cheers!

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  • Dina

    I purchase a lovely lil table for just $8.00 at a thrift shop. I like it!
    It’s marked Lane
    Style no. 997-06
    Serial no. 2961140
    What can you tell me about it.

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  • Carol

    I have a Lane Altavista bedroom set. It has two side cabinets with a light bridge, mirror and queen size headboard, along with a dresser. All are a blond lamented with gold trimming. I purchased it in the 1980s. Can you tell me some more about it?.

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  • Cornelis Haring

    Hello .
    I found this really nice Lane end table with the model # 867 and I am trying to decide whether to buy a similar one. What I found looks the same,but it has model #1727. Is there any difference?
    Thank , Cornelis

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  • Bob Hoover

    I purchased a LANE cedar chest at a local store and wanted to know more about the value. The serial # 244270 apparently means it was manufactured 7-24-1942. Can I send some pics?

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Bob,
      Thanks for reaching out – sounds like a lovely find. Unfortunately we don’t offer appraisals as we can’t see the pieces in person. I would recommend looking for 1940s Lane chests on Etsy and Ebay to find comparables, then taking in pictures to local vintage shop owners to get a feel of local market value. Those two data points will get you a more dialed in estimate. Best of luck!

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  • Bea Keeling

    Your website is wonderful. Thank you for creating it to help us. Would you know anything about a small table set I have marked Lane, Serial# 168210, Style# 966-74. Rectangle shaped Table stands approx. 19.5″ tall,16″ across, 23″ long. Underneath fitting into slots are four smaller round tables. I cannot find anything online on this set. Would you know anything about this table? Thank you for any info you can provide.

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Michele – great pics and thanks for the kind words! Cute table – so the date indicates manufacturing in Sept 5, 1964 which aligns with the aesthetic. I’ll reach out if I can find anything on the collection name itself. In the meantime – enjoy!

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  • CATHY LAWSON

    Hello ! I just bought my son a buffet/bar and am very pleased with the purchase !! The top number is 416-62-R and the serial number is 307840. Can you tell me anything about this piece?

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  • Xtina

    My fiancé and I found a Lane mid century table at an antique shop today for $35!!! It was a steal! We started researching the name when we got home. Neither of us had any idea how popular this furniture is. Our piece was made in 1964 (thank you for the serial number/date of manufacture information) and so far I’ve found a few tables that look alike online going for as much as $775. Wow! We really scored big time! I’m just not sure what wood it is. My research has turned up the possibility of it being walnut.

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    • Lisa

      Same thing happened to me! I paid $8 for a coffee table/end table and $20 for a Danish desk. I had a feeling they were good pieces because of the beautiful wood/details. Both pieces are in excellent condition too. Definitely lucky finds!

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  • Yasmine

    Hi does anybody know anything about this peice of furniture serial number 4196180 style number 988 19 thank you

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  • Oz

    Hello. I have two Lane ALTAVSTA VRGINIA tables:

    1) Square shape with S/N: 2096120 – Style: 988 B7
    2) Rectangular shape with S/N: 2092030 – Style: 988 05

    I was wondering what are they worth? There is people interested on buying them but I don’t know their real value.

    Thanks!

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hello!
      Unfortunately we don’t do appraisals as we can’t see the pieces in person. We recommend finding comparables on Etsy/Ebay to give you a baseline, then taking in pics of the items to local vintage shop owners to get the local market value (they could also see the pieces live if authentication is needed). Wishing you the best of luck!

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  • L. J. Warrick

    I have an old Lane tray, 21″ long, with 2-3″ deep sides, stained black. The long sides have groves close to the top that look like there was something that slid in to cover it or that the tray itself slid into something. Can you tell me what the tray/box was made for? What is it? The numbers indicate that it was made in September, 1955.

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  • Roma Olberding

    I have a Lane end/side table. The style number is 988 85. The serial number is: 2280305. Does this mean that my table was made 03/08/22, with the 5 being a location, or am I totally wrong. Thanks.

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  • Austin Bumgarner

    I have a set of Lane end tables with a matching coffee table from 1964. I can’t find any pictures of them or similar ones online. How can I determine the value?

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Austin,
      Thanks for reaching out! Lane can be tricky – if you can find anything comparable by year of manufacturing and/or wood type on Ebay/Etsy that will give you a rough baseline. Next, I’d take pictures of the piece to a local antique shop to get the regional market value. They can also advise on an appraiser or furniture restoration expert if some small tweaks to the piece may boost the value. Best of luck!

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  • Carla Murray

    Hello,
    I’ve just purchased a lovely little coffee table that I discovered after bringing it home is a Lane, made in 1958. I saw one fuzzy photo of it and bought it for a song sight-unseen. I love the dovetailed top, but it has to be refinished. My guess is that both the lighter boarder and dark body are oak. Are there any specific instructions I should give to the refinisher? Thank you!
    Photos attached.

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  • Lisa

    Hello, I purchased a Lane table today. I was wondering whether the furniture was considered American midcentury modern or Danish modern? I found the same coffee table/bed table online and it said Danish Modern, but I know Lane was an American furniture maker. Was some of his furniture made with a Danish style? Thank you!

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  • Micelia

    I have a Zane Altavista Virginia wood Square coffee table serial number 217-2111 style 115 909. I cannot find it anywhere I’ve searched high and low can you help me with it

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  • TRACI GATTSHALL

    I have an antique Lane cedar hope chest. It’s serial number is 031728 so I understand that it was made in 1913. The pattern number is NO48787 and was made in Altavita, Virginia. I cannot find any information on this chest, nor can I find any others near this manufacturing date. My grandmother was the original owner.
    As you can see by the photographs, the outer lid is quite scuffed and scratched, but everything is original. No alterations or repairs have been attempted or made. All of the chest’s flaws are revealed in these photographs. The interior of the chest is immaculate!
    Are you able to give me any information on this piece?

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  • Heather

    Hi, I have a matching set of LANE Altavista end tables that have a serial number of 208311 and style number 967 57. I would like to know if you could help me with what year these were made? Thanks!

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  • Rose

    Hi, we have a Lane chest and are having a hard time finding any info. Serial number is 8402170 and style no 3425 12. The style number is stamped in a diff color with “made in China” next to it which i thought was odd. Can I email you pictures? Unfortunately I think someone’s painted the outside.

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  • Kim lowery

    I bought a table today & tried to find out a little bit of info on it…
    Serial#265050
    So manufactured 05/05/62 ??
    Style # 983-21
    Any info of value or kind of table would be wonderful.. Thank you

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Kim,
      Thanks for reaching out. You have converted the serial number to manufacturing date correctly – I’m afraid we don’t do any appraisals. However, what I recommend is to find comparable pieces on Etsy/Ebay to give yourself a baseline. Next, take pictures of the piece to local antique malls (you get a ton of vintage shop owner advice in one spot!) and they can give you a sense of local market value. Enjoy!

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  • Sue Hays

    Hi, I have a Lane Record Cabinet style number 2591 23. Serial number is 4279150.
    Can you tell me anything about it and it’s value?

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Sue,
      Thanks for reaching out. Looks like a manufacturing date of May 19, 1972 based on serial number alone. Check to see if the aesthetic matches the era. 🙂 Regarding value, we don’t offer appraisals – but I would recommend finding comparable pieces on Etsy/Ebay to give you a baseline and then take pictures to a local antique mall to gather local market value. They can also see the piece in person if need be for further assessment. Enjoy!

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  • Jeff Shumaker

    Hi, thanks for the wonderful resource.

    Can you tell me the name of the Lane line represented by Style #2658 ?

    Hours of searching has proven fruitless.

    Thanks

    Jeff

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Jeff,
      Thanks for the note – I will also research & if I have further details I’ll reply to this comment thread. As you know, researching Lane is a tricky endeavor! Cheers!

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  • Bethany Bradford

    I picked a piece up on the side of the road. Clearly stamped LANE Style No 1920 Serial No 851350. Any information regarding this piece would be wonderful thanks!

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  • Renee L Mathna

    I am looking for more info on my Lane piece I recently found at a garage sale. Its serial no is 455180 so I know it was made in 08/15/1964 correct? I have a Style no 104′ 18 I cannot find any info on this I would like to find pics so I can restore it if need be if it has any significant value or can I repurpose this?

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  • Karen Prepon

    I have a coffee table from my mom serial number:
    561060, good condition with the lane logo, I can forward pic if u like.
    Would like to know the value since I want to sell.

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Karen,
      Thanks for reaching out – sounds like a fun piece- made in 1965. We don’t do appraisals- what I recommend is to find comparable pieces on Etsy & eBay to get a sense of value, then take in pictures to a local antique shop to get a feel for local market value. Between those data points you can get a general sense. Enjoy!

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  • Brenda allen

    Hello, I have a coffle table style no 1113 09 serial 4764101 It belonged to my mother any information or value?

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Brenda,
      Thanks for your note – We don’t offer appraisals but what I recommend is to find comparable pieces on Etsy/eBay to get a sense of value & then bring pictures into local antique shops to get a sense of local market value. Between those two data points you’ll have a better idea of resale value. Cheers!

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  • martin

    I inherited a matching pair of end tables made by “Virginia Maid” Style No. 984 07, one Serial No. 466290 and the other Serial No. 464001. Any comments on how much they are worth would be helpful.

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Martin!
      Thanks for your note – We don’t offer appraisals but what I recommend is to find comparable pieces on Etsy/eBay to get a sense of value & then bring pictures into local antique shops to get a sense of local market value. Between those two data points you’ll have a better idea of resale value. Cheers!

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  • Justin

    I have a Hutch by Lane. we got it from a friends neighbor who said he bought it in the late 60s and then put it in a tag sale not realizing it was worth a lot more than tag sale prices until I decided to look it up. So far I haven’t found it on google but I have the serial number.
    the numbers on the back of the top piece are
    379-63-R
    Ser.No.3277120
    we were thinking of bringing it to an antique shop that buys furniture but I would like to know as much about it before we go do that. Ebay didn’t have the same piece but most pieces even smaller in size ran from about $750 and up. if I can identify it maybe I can figure out a good range of value by searching.

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  • Jamie

    Hi! I have an intricate piece of Lane furniture that I loved even before I knew what it was and had to have it! The Stlye No. is 1435-08 & the Serial No is 23721010. Could you please offer any info about my piece? Ty! P.S. I can send pictures! 🙂

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  • Kim k Bell

    Yes hi, I have a coffee table that has a serial number 27915 0. Style number 997-45 can u tell me if it is worth anything.

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Kim,
      Thanks for reaching out – based on the serial number, your manufacturing date is May 19, 1972. Unfortunately we don’t offer appraisals, but here’s a good way to determine value: find a comparable piece on Etsy/Ebay to give yourself a baseline, then with photos in hand, reach out to local vintage shop owners (antique malls are a great one-stop shop for this). Between their view of local resale value & the internet information, you can get a more dialed-in figure. Enjoy!

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  • Karen Stokes

    I found old lane bunk beds in our attic I’d love to know more about them
    I have a picture of the only stamp I could find

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  • Christina Garcia

    I have a table by lane that was made on March 8th 1958. I am selling it but Don’t know if it will go to someone who truly know’s how to care for an antique. If anyone is interested it is a butternut 4 ft long coffee table. It has all the stamps and marking in good condition.

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  • David

    I have a table by Lane. Lane. Style number is 882. A wooden brace that goes down middle blocks part of serial number but what is printed says 1250. Near the style number is 55/ written in white marker. All other markings stamped. Do you know what age may be?

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  • Barbara Worley

    Hi. My husband has a Rolling Dry Bar cart that bears the Altavista Lane Stamp. Trying to figure out it’s history so I can value it. I can read style #705523 and the serial number of 4_70111… I can not read the one digit because it is worn therefore I used a _in this message… help please

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  • Bill Davis

    I have a Lane Atavista Va. Style #939-17. S#168210.
    I have done the online searches and cant find another like it. Any thots? I know manufacture date but cant even find a photo on line. Does Lane still exist? [Not to be confused with Lane of Ca!] Are there any web sites that I should be perusing?

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Bill,
      It can be hard to find Lane comparables online – Lane does still exist and while they have a responsive customer service dept their archives were partially destroyed some years back so it can be tricky to find what you want. I’ve had some luck perusing old ads in magazines. Google now has LIFE digitized – it’s a bit of a hunt and peck – but can be worth it!

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  • RB

    Hi, I sent an email yesterday along with photos of some pieces that I just purchased. According to the seller, they are Lane early 70s pieces (inherited from parents), and each has the right characteristics including style and serial number marks, except they are all missing the actual logo mark (unless it is very well hidden). Do you encounter pieces without the logo? This walnut group includes a coffee table, two side tables (all style 1085) and an octagonal enclosed table (style 1086). Looking around online, I’ve located one piece that appears to be an open shelf version of the octagonal table, and it is marked with a logo and style 1082. I adore them but would like to know if they are in fact authentic Lane. It seems unlikely there would be knock-offs since the brand was affordable and ubiquitous, right? Thanks for your expertise and great website.

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi – thanks for reaching out and sending an email (a bit behind on the inbox, but working to get caught up!) There have been cases where the actual logo mark hasn’t appeared (although that’s rare). Other good rules of thumb are to look at the construction techniques & materials. Vintage Lane is known for its dovetail joinery and high quality woods and finishes.

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  • Trish

    I have a Lane end table.Clearing a home for a friend, he wants it pitched if not sold in yard sale… It’s not typical 60’s style, heavy, no tapered legs, etc. Can you help I.D. before he pitches it?I have pictures of it.

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  • Vicki Hines

    I purchased a side table at a garage sale recently and when loading into my car I noticed it had a makers mark. I of course researched and found that is a lane build 10/29/51 and style #45. From this article this would have been the first year of manufacturing this type of table. Do you know what month manufacturing began? Also would the style # indicate the 45th style or something else.

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Vicki,
      Thanks for reaching out – sounds like a lovely find! That’s a very interesting question and I’m not sure when manufacturing began on new collections – but I suspect it may vary based on market response. The style number of 45 indicates a collection number. If there are ‘extra’ numbers in the manufacturing line up – the last digit or two represent the manufacturing plant location typically. Enjoy!

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  • Tommy Law

    I actually found the table 900 001 and end tables 900 007 in trash and painted solid gold. I am currently trying to restore the pieces to original beauty. I thank you for the info about date coding

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  • Jody Bungert

    I inherited a lane coffee table with a ship on it. I can not find anything on this gorgeous piece. Could you possibly lead me in the right direction on estimate on price? History? I appreciate any help in advance. I do have pics if needed. The serial number is 2471330 and style number 1537-01 thank you a ton!

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  • Monique Verbick

    Hi, I purchased a Lane coffee table today Hoping to find out the style name and the type of wood. It is a heavy piece. Serial number 4766140, if I am correct produced 04/16/67. Style number 1093 09. It measures 66 inches long 17.25 inches tall and 22.5 inches wide. Has 4 square inlaid marble? pieces. Photos will be sent and your help is appreciated. Thank you.

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  • Jo Ann Wilson

    I have a AltaVista Lane coffee table purchased in 1978. It had been part of our family for almost 40 years. The table was purchased in San Antonio at Karotkin’s Furniture Store. The Style # is 1673-27 and Serial # 4873020. I have pics if you would be interesting in seeing. Not sure, since the table is not yet 50 yrs old if it is considered an antique. Please share your thoughts.
    Thanks,
    Jo Ann

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  • Stacy Brown

    It says on the bottom of the piece Lane Altavista Virginia Style # 705523 Serial # 4173121 it is on wheels and I am pretty sure it is a mini bar just trying to find some info on it it seems to be real wood

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  • John Young

    I have a pair of Lane end tables serial numbers 569170 and Style number 102105 made in Altavista-VA

    l cannot find a picture matching these tables anywhere. Help! I

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  • Alyce LaGasse

    Finally! I have been searching for a Lane site with answers! I have a dining table and 6 chairs – have been told it is Lane, not Dabnish because of the metal runners on the “butterfly” extendor May I have help by sending a photo? Thank you!

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  • jo ann mc kinley

    I purchased a lane piece recently and can not find any info about it. The serial # is 358250 and the style # is 305. What is it? good condition and blond wood

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  • Michaela

    Hi everyone! I just recently refinished a pair of Lane end tables with a starburst pattern and am curious about their history. Does anyone know anything about these? I can’t find similar ones on the internet anywhere!

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  • EJ

    I just purchased a Lane coffee table Style 987-09 Serial 360501. It has a bottom shelf that is 3 woven sections. Does anyone have any info about this style – is is part of the Perception line? Thanks in advance for any info. PS I have just fallen in love with Lane furniture… it is beautiful and timeless!

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  • Arlene Kennedy

    just acquired a style #908 21
    serial No. 368290 glass triangular on top, appears to be at least 2 kinds of wood – what are the woods?

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  • Emily Brooks

    Becky – I did send pictures to that email address the same day I posted. I’ll resend now. I also have since discovered that my table is the Delineator cocktail table designed by Paul McCobb and manufactured by Lane. The 3 panels in the lower magazine shelf have cane webbing that needs to be replaced. Do you have any experience with this or suggestions. I’m in Denver and there are a couple places I’ve found that might be able to fix but I’d like some input on what to ask for/expect in repairing this piece.

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Emily,
      Thanks – I’ll be working through my email this weekend (one woman shop at the moment!). I don’t have experience with the cane webbing personally, but I know you’ve got to find a pretty skilled person to take care of this. I would first work with some vintage shop owners to get their take on price range / expectations / great firm recommendations. They most likely have either faced this themselves or have had clients who have. That is what I’ve done when I’m tackling a special retro project 🙂

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  • Maggie Weston

    I found a Lane table today; Style NO 1462-18, serial NO 2379110. It’s in good used condition. Before I decide what I’m going to do with it, I looked it up, but couldn’t find it anywhere. It’s a 15″ tall 4 legged wooden table. Can you tell me anything about it, please?

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  • Laura

    I just purchased a Lane table with a style number of 927-05 serial 060503. Do you know which of their lines it is from?

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  • Ashley Saunders

    Hello! I found a beautiful side table today. It’s in good shape other than the top. It will need some TLC but I have no clue the best way to refurbish. I originally was going to paint it but then I unearthed how special this furniture is. Should I only redo the top or try the entire thing to maintain the colors. Recommendations would be appreciated.

    Style # 1044 05
    date 07/26/65

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Ashley,
      Congrats on a great find! I would recommend reaching out to an antique mall – you can get a variety of vintage shop owner opinions in one spot. They can give you a recommendation from a resale / value position – as well as get you the name of a trustworthy local furniture restoration firm. Best of luck!

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  • Shanna Quam

    HI Becky, I have a dining table and 6 ladder back chairs, table has 307-54 and SER-R-560220 printed on it and chairs have 294 70 and 365020 printed on one of them. They are teak. Can you give me any info on them?

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  • Jordan Thomas

    Hi, I have a family piece I’d love some help identifying. It’s a smaller cocktail table with the Lane Altavista, VA logo stamped and the number 41 stamped. I can’t find a serial number. Any idea what it is or when it was produced, or any other info? I know it’s been in the family for a long time, but that’s about all I know.

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  • Brian

    Hello ,. I have a lane coffee table . Style 1115 09 it was made in 1969 is there anyway you could tell me what type of wood it’s made out of and maybe it’s value? Thank you so much .

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  • Danielle Wills

    Hello, I’ve recently refurbished a gorgeous fold away mini bar marked Lane Altavista with a style no. 7055-23 and a serial of 179111 but as much as Ive searched I cant seem to find any information or history on it

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  • Lisa Becht

    I just bought a flip top bar table by Lane. Serial number 4272060. Can you tell me anything about it.

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  • Rachel Sehn

    Hi, I have a Lane record album organizer, but can’t seem to figure out how old it is. Serial is 4666209. Style 2607 04. Thank you!

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  • Liz Camastro

    Hi we’ve just discovered that 2 pieces which were given to us by family are Lane Altavista dresser and a night table but can’t figure out how to date them. they have the same serial number on them: 3381230 and then they have these number which are slightly different 698-11 and 698-31 – trying to figure out what these pieces might be worth as well, i almost gave them away!

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Liz, Thanks for reaching out. These pieces, based on the serial numbers, were made March 21, 1983. Unfortunately we don’t offer appraisals, but I would recommend connecting with vintage shop owners & they can give you a fair market value for resale. Enjoy!

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  • Shanty Slater

    Hello, I have a black Lane desk with interesting metal decorative pieces. I think according to its serial number 550290, it was made 9/20/1950. I was wondering if the metal and the color black were original. I cannot find anything like it on line.

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  • Mary Ahearn

    Hi- I have a drop-leaf coffee table, style #1596 12, style # 4673120 purchased in May 1978 at Strawbridges in Exton, Pa. I would love to know the name of that collection – an old diary has me calling it Honeyshuck Farm. I can’t find anything online. Thanks!

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  • Maria Cortina

    Hi. I’ve got a Lane side table with serial number 3-backwards 3-4-1-1-0. I’m guessing the mfg date is 01/14 … but can’t figure out the backwards 3. Thanks in advance!

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Paul! Thanks for reaching out – unfortunately we don’t offer appraisal or consignment services. I would recommend reaching out to local vintage shop owners, to see what their purchasing policies are and then you can decide if it would be better to sell directly to a shop owner or sell to the vintage community-at-large via Etsy or eBay. Best of luck!

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  • Heinrich Volschenk

    Hi!

    I need help I have a desk
    Withna clear logo but have no details on this desk or what it is worth

    Please assist.
    408 1080 serial nr
    Style nr 92620

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  • Mary Beth K.

    Hi, I will be sending pictures to the noted email address above. I have a corner two-tiered end table from my grandparents. The style number seems to be 738. The serial number is 555160. The wood could be mahogany.

    I’d love to know the year so I can try and value it even though I intend to keep it.

    thank you!

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Mary Beth – we’ll take a peek. The serial number indicates a June 1955 manufacturing date. Please note we don’t offer appraisals – we recommend finding comparables on etsy/ebay and then work with a local vintage shop owner to determine the local market value. Enjoy and thanks for reaching out!

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  • Samuel Mieke

    Please help, I have serial no.4877130, style no. 1669 28 on this side table. Very rare being made on St. Patrick’s Day any information would be helpful

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  • Rhonda D

    Hi, I acquired a side table that is marked Lane Altavista and it has Style NO 150 and Serial NO 350840.
    I’ve been trying to research it online. My piece has a wood harp design as the post. I haven’t been able to find Lane furniture with the harp design. Can you help me? Or direct me to where I can find more information about it?
    Thanks

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  • Windy Krasle

    HI! I emailed with photos. I bought a 1940 house and there is a Lane pantry with it. It is a heavy, solid piece. I cant find out anything about it. It’s a bit heavy for me to tip over for the serial number. I’m trying to decide what to do with it. Have you seen any pantries before? Thanks! Windy

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  • Liz

    Hi Rhonda D! I have a set of the same tables that you have: style number 150. I’m also having a hard time finding out anything about them. Have you had any luck since posting?

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  • Skyler

    Hi Becky! We recently picked up a Lane Cedar chest from a local thrift store and are trying to find out where we could look to find more information about replacing some missing screws on the legs? We also want to polish it up a bit since there’s a small bit of wood that chipped off. Whoever the previous owners were, they took extremely good care of it and we want to make sure we do the same.

    The Style No is 2505-38
    Serial No 050130

    Thanks for all your help!

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  • Lisa

    Hi, I have a what looks like a coffee table. It is 48 inches long. The style is 988 01 , serial number 208501. I was hoping you could help me with the style name and manufacture date. Any help would be appreciated. Lisa

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  • Chris Giambrone

    I have my parents Lane boomerang coffee table. Serial # 951301, design pat 185371, style 099.11. Are there many of these around? It is in good condition.

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  • Carmela Pinnola

    Hi, I just purchased a Lane Cedar Chest with several #2395111 and style # 2285 50. I purchase from someone. Can you give me some info? Just basic possible value? Thank you.

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Carmela! Thanks for reaching out. Based on the serial number, it appears your chest was made Nov 15, 1993. But if you want to send along pictures to editor@causeafrockus.com we can confirm. Regarding value – we don’t offer appraisals, but you can find comparables on Etsy/eBay to get a baseline. Then vintage shop owners can give you a more dialed in amount based on your local market. Cheers!

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  • patricia

    Hello, thanks so much for this informative page! We recently acquired a Lane chest, but are struggling to date it because reading the serial number backward just produces nonsense, and we’d be interested in your thoughts.

    Here’s the info: our chest is style no. 8540X, and our serial number is 121831. (There doesn’t seem to be any way to break it up that makes sense, whether or not you figure the final digit is the plant number.) We have found a few pictures of other 8540X chests online, and they all appear to have been manufactured in 1932, so our suspicion is that our serial number was somehow accidentally stamped forward, rather than backward. Do you know of any other cases like that?

    Any insights would be much appreciated!

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Patricia – thanks for reaching out! Interesting – I have seen some examples where the numbers don’t quite make sense. So this isn’t entirely uncommon! Another way to date is if there are any pamphlets / tags on the chest. You can look at the font styling & find comparable styles from other chests from the same time period. Enjoy!

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  • Marcus Rodriquez

    Hello, I have submitted some photos. I have a coffee and end tables with a style number 1234 01 and a serial number of 2077170. They look to be cantilevered but I have not seen any Lane products like them.

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  • Marcus Rod

    I picked up a set with a coffee table and two end tables. I have had zero luck finding any information on these pieces. The style number is 1234 01 and serial number is 2077170. They are quite unique then anything else I’ve come across.

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    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Hi Marcus! Thanks for reaching out – we’ll dig into the photos sent to our email & let you know. Based on the serial number, your pieces were made in 1970. Cheers! – Becky

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